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Saturday, December 1, 2012

High In Class!

Congratulations, Kerri!!!!! First time ever in the ring for Dayton and not only did she Q for
a leg towards her CD title, she did in with class, High in Class, that it!

Santa Paws Pics a success

Today, Shar, Shirley, Deb, Barb and I took our photogenic Christmas Hunds to the Crestview Lodge in Pincher Creek for Santa Paws Pics with some of the residents.  It was a resounding success and the residents were really excited to actually have a 5x7 copy of their photos, gratis, presented to them before 4:00 p.m. of the same day!  Thank you to Kathleen Hancock for stepping in as our photographer.  We couldn't leave without a photo of our own to share with all our SAWHDA friends.  
Our next event is the High River Parade on December 7th at 6:30 p.m. (I hope) followed by another Santa Paws photo shoot at the Pioneer Lodge in Fort Macleod, Alberta at 10:00 a.m.  
Thank you to our team members from Calgary and those  Due South for making this possible.

Hey, would you believe my tree is up.... pressure, pressure, pressure.

Just Sayin' eh, Maureen??

The Prez

Monday, November 19, 2012

Lethbridge Show Stuff

While we are waiting for more brags to come in along with pictures, we have decided to post what we have so far for show results.

                                              Maureen & Levi ... a new title with style!
                                                                  High in Class
Sharlet & Ryder obtained their RAE VI title!!!

Judi & Castle RE title with style.
High in Class 
I must add that the "Heart in Throat Award" should go along with this title.
Castle was on a Down Honor right at the entrance to the ring while a border terrier was on course. The border terrier was barking its head off and wouldn't listen so the owner took it pretty firmly by its collar and it shrieked and Castle, who had been watching the performance rather quietly, suddenly got that cold, "I can fix this in a heartbeat" expression on his face and we had a very 'quiet' bit of communication between us while he tried to decide whether or not to stay put.
Thank goodness the judge dismissed the terrier from the ring and that ended our honor so we were actually only there for three signs.  Whew! 
Deb and Beckett
Beckett showed well in the breed ring but could not beat the red puppy that later went on to win Best Puppy in Show.  We were proud of our little shiba as she kept her stack on the table with her handler stepping away and allowing the judge to approach without holding on to the dog.
She gaited well and was so light on the lead, you hardly felt that you had a dog on the end of it.

Lore did very well with her corgis!

Remi achieved his Rally novice title with 97 and  Ginger got her Rally novice title with a perfect score!!!!.  Both pups completed their Canadian Championships as well!!!

Daisy-May picked up a new CD title with 192, offsetting her first 2 legs which were in the 190's and good enough for High in Class. She was High Scoring Herding Dog in the second trial at Lethbridge. Pretty happy handler!!!

Our scent hurdle team held it together and had a great time at the show. What a fantastic crew! Everyone helped out when not racing and the Lethbridge clean up crew was amazing. Synchronized mopping.  Who could have known?????

Keep sending pics.

And remember.... this Saturday we are at the Cowley Hall for a last practice for Calgary.
See you all there.

The Prez 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Saturday's Club Day

Saturday was B.C. members' day at the Cowley Hall.  Denise, Jenn, Sylvia, Cheryl, Jeff, and Candace travelled from as far away as Marysville to get in a really great day of practice.  We decided to begin with Rally Obedience at one end of the hall, leaving the other end free for anyone to practice Obedience rather than run through specific routines.  It was exciting to see people take advantage of the room.  The youngest dog there, Denise's little Spanx, the 10 week old Doberman girl, put on a wonderful show of baby heeling and sits in front and at heel.  Later on, we did novice and open run-throughs, concentrating most of all on having the judge follow closely while we were heeling and also having members watch us with an eye to helping us improve our handling.  It was great. Everyone agreed that allowing time for us to simply work our dogs at specific exercises and get suggestions and help from our peers was the BEST.

 Big thanks to Mary Ellen for being our Rally O judge and for bringing to our attention where we lost our points. We certainly had enough dogs to make up a morning of Rally. 

Those of us who knew Jackie Clemens took time to share our best memories of time spent with this gentle, kind, amazing, assertive, independent lady, which seemed fitting as her family and friends in Spokanne, Washington, were attending her memorial service.

Shar recalls most of all how Jackie spoke her commands to her dogs in Spanish.  Everyone recalls her absolute kindness and regard for all living things. 

The first time I met Jackie Clemens, she marched right up to me and said, "Where did you get that
wonderful little dog?"  He is amazing. She meant, Tom Thumb, my husband's sheltie. And that was the beginning of a long, wonderful friendship. We visited back and forth and Jackie stayed with us many times on her way to and from agility trials in Calgary and area. I loved her bumper sticker....
"Uppity women.......UNITE!" and have looked for one just like it forever.  Jackie was the reason
we called our scent hurdle team, Due South, as she was the furthest south being from Whitefish, Montana.  Her sheltie, Nickles, loved the game and Jackie loved that Nickles loved the game.

When I began herding with my shepherds, Jackie tried the shelties and she had a great time. Her shelties had over 150 honest  titles in various performance events and then there were some that we just made up and added out of cheekiness.  "Uppity women, you know." 

When Jackie decided to retire and move to Spokane, Washington, she was excited that she would be closer to more 'doggy' events. Little were we to know that her enjoyment and participation would be curtailed by the diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor.  She kept us informed as to her treatment and
progress and we planned a year in advance to have her in shape for the Rally Obedience ring at Cranbrook.  She was no longer able to drive on the Highways, but in 2010,  I believe, thanks to a wonderful young man, Matt Kochel, who became her driver, dog attendant, and friend, we did it.
And she competed and qualified....with BOTH dogs in the rally ring.  And we were elated. 

We spoke on the phone more often than on the computer as the tumor did take a toll on Jackie's memory. It was just easier to phone once a month and share everything our friends had been doing in the 'doggy' world. And it was so important for her to continue to be part of her 'Canadian' friends' lives.

Shar and I made our last visit to Jackie's home in Spokane, Washington, in late March, 2012, and her family and her caregiver were gathered to formalize plans for Jackie and the dogs, Crispy and Geordie, to move into a long care residence, where they resided until her death last Sunday morning.  The dogs were with her until her last breath, and Michael, her son, said that in the last four days of her life, they had to pull Crispy away from Jackie's side, in order to feed and exercise the dog.  Both dogs have been returned to their breeders and will continue in the sports they enjoyed so much. 

And the rest of us will be left with heavy hearts but lives enriched by the wonderful smile of a true friend.  God, I've made myself cry.  Jeez.


We have our Hall once again on November 24th and I think we'll use the same format. For those attending the Calgary Obedience show November 25th, it will provide you with the last practice.

Good luck to everyone who is entered in the Lethbridge Kennel & Obedience Club Dog Show next weekend. We'll see you there. 

The Prez 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rally O & Obedience Run-throughs

Rally and obedience run throughs Saturday, November 10, at Cowley,Alberta, starting with Excellent Rally and Novice Obedience at 9:00 am sharp. Members $5 Nonmembers $10 for the day. 
Due South Scent Hurdle Team will practice at noon.
People wishing to work young dogs not yet ready for competition may do do from noon until 1:00 pm.
Contact shadowbr@telusplanet for more information and directions.


Dearest friends and family of Jackie Clemens,

We would love it if you could join us to celebrate Jackie's life at a memorial this Saturday November 10th, at 10:00am. We'll gather in the Hazen & Jaeger chapel at 1306 North Pines Road in Spokane Valley, Washington. We will tell a few stories about Jackie and thank all of you for enriching her life. There will also be a chance to tell a brief story of your own if you wish. There will be sweets and coffee afterwards.

If you can't make it in person but there's a story you'd like us to read aloud on your behalf, please send it to me.

There will be a smaller, separate event the previous evening: a Catholic mass in Jackie's honor, Friday November 9th, at 7:00pm by Father Roy Floch at St. Paschal's Church, 2521 North Park Road, in Spokane Valley. At this mass there will be selected Bible readings but there will not be a chance to share stories.

Jackie's remains will rest at St. Joseph cemetery in Spokane Valley.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to SpokAnimal C.A.R.E., a humane society that places about 200 homeless animals in homes each month. (Click the 'donate' pawprint at the left side of this page.)

Jackie and her wonderdoggies touched so many lives -- if we missed anyone we apologize... please feel free to pass this along.

---Jackie's sons Ben & Michael

Sunday, November 4, 2012

News flash

     Congratulations to Tubby and Cagney on gaining the first leg towards their CDX title with a score of  192!! Way to be!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

HUGE Congratulations to Sylvia and Julie and Jenn and Abby and Spencer on their wins at the APDT Rally competition at Sit Happens!  Calgary.  Lots of loot, eh???

"Hi, Judi,
We had a great weekend in Calgary at the APDT Trial, Julie finished her Level 3 title with a 2nd place.  She also received high in trial on her 2nd level 3 run and a high in trial on her 4th Level 3 run.  I entered Julie in 12 runs and she Q’d in 11.   I am so please with her, all the work is finally paying off.  I will email Jenn and tell her to send you her results.  As you can see from the picture Jenn, Abby and Spencer also had an amazing weekend.  See you soon."

No club day on Saturday, November 3rd.  

We resume club days on November 10th at the Cowley Hall
with Rally O and Obedience competition run-throughs beginning with Novice Obedience and Excellent Rally O at  9:00 a.m. sharp. 
This will be our last practice run before the Lethbridge Dog Show.

Scent hurdle practice afterwards. 

***Those with new dogs or dogs new to obedience and rally may practice from noon until 1:00 p.m.***

Drop in for members is $5.00, non-members $10.00....  See you there. 

Good luck to all of you heading to Red Deer for the dog show this weekend. 
Remember to post your wins as email to us so we can brag on your behalf. 

The Prez

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Battle River Results

Hi, everyone,

 Just to let you know, Maureen and Levi got another leg towards their RAE with 86 in excellent Rally and 87 in Advanced.  Good job.
 And in conformation, Zsuree, Joan's pretty Belgian girl, got a 2 pt. major and now needs 4 more points for her championship. "Drummie" is happy about this.  Joan and Dani completed their Rally Novice Title with a score of 98/100.  
And Maureen worked her butt off and managed to get 61 dogs through in four hours.  
Pumpkin spiced latte to celebrate while they get ready to hit the road.
And we lift a glass of amber ale in a toast to success.

For those of us at home, Sarah, Amanda, Jolene, Shar, Barb, and Renee were at the "Hall" for dog club early to practice our Open obedience and Rally Novice, Advanced and Excellent courses.  Man, that excellent course was too cool.  The Prez thinks she'll keep that for the 'real' thing.

All dogs did very well as did the young lesson dogs who showed up with their owners to practice their street obedience with Corgi, Sibe, Dane and two All Canadian dogs.  Great to see such dedication. 

No Dog Club next weekend as we have too many members away at seminars and dog shows.  

Oh, good luck to Jenn and Sylvia this weekend as they head for the Sit Happens! APDT rally trials.  We hope you clean up on the ribbons, girls.

Can't wait to see everyone at the Suzanne Clothier seminar next weekend.  Fingers crossed in hopes that we will find much to add to
our 'tool boxes' on dealing with aggressive and reactive dogs.

The Prez 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Seminar Cancelled

Wow !! Seventeen people turned out for our second SAWHDA Club Day at the Cowley Hall.
It seems that having two rings going at one time is a good thing because we finish both competition
Rally from Novice to Excellent and also Novice and Open obedience run-throughs before noon, which allows others to practice various exercises with dogs that are not doing competitions just yet. We played with scent hurdle dogs and were very much surprised at the results.

We have the hall rented again this Saturday starting at 9:00 a.m. with Open Obedience and Novice Rally O.  Hope to see you all there.

On a sadder note, we have had to cancel our Deb Girvin 
Obedience seminar on November 24th.  Confusion with the dates.  But no worries.  We will attempt to rebook in the new year!  Entries will be returned immediately.  The Prez apologizes.

Good luck to those going to Camrose this weekend.  May the roads smarten up for you. 

The Prez 
                                                  Poem From Mojo....on Snow

                 Snow is no fun when you have long hair!
                 It balls up on your feet, your face and elsewhere.
                 It's worse when the shiba and sheltie are there.
                 They run me right over and don't even care.
                 I'm back in the house where I'm happy to be.
                 There's Darryl and Judi and the cats and ME!
                              The way it should be!!!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Great Start to Fall Training

A good turnout to our first Hall Club Day for obedience and rally o.  Liz and Judy with their flatcoats,
Jenn with Spencer and Abby, Sylvia and Julie, Barb and Lanny, Shar and Ryder/Mesa, Lore with her
cardigan corgis, Heather and John with their Summer and Delys, Deb with Beckett bean, and Judi with 
Drummer and Castle. 

Great to see everyone again. The young dogs have really grown up over the summer and it's nice to
see everyone get back into the swing of things as though we truly haven't been away.

We have decided to try to book the hall for the 13th and the 20th of October as the 
'tentative' client hadn't confirmed the hall Friday.  So I will email Cindy and let her know that
WE want it.  

Again, we'll do obedience from 9:00 to 10:30 and Rally O until noon.  
We will offer an hour of 'other stuff' ..... is that technical enough for ya???? 
Treibball has come up as something of interest and we just happen to have
a 15 minute video of how to begin.

Scent hurdle practice will be another something of interest if our teams from the south
are going to race in Lethbridge in November. 

So, until next week, Happy Heeling, and Happy Thanksgiving as well!!
Much turkey to you..... or not.  

The Prez 

Friday, October 5, 2012

SAWHDA Fall Hall meet Satuday

Hi, Everyone,
Just a reminder that our first SAWHDA meet at the Cowley Hall begins October 6 at 9:30 .
Add some canine fun to your Thanksgiving weekend by joining us Saturday for some obedience and rally obedience practice.

Our next practice will be October 27th.

Best wishes to Marilyn Lee who is in the Pincher Creek hospital.  We hope you escape soon.

Get out there and do some Fall tracking or Draft dog work before the snow falls, and send us some Fall pics of the dogs.

Safe trip to Nancy and Dick as they head off to South Africa !

The Prez.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Brags and Big News in Seminars

Brag time.... Tubby's Newfie, Cagney, got her 1st leg in C.D.X. in Great Falls on the labor day week end with a H.I.T. and her 2nd leg in Helena last weekend. One to go!

Check your calendars and mark November 24th as the day to be at the Cowley Hall. 
We invite you to take part in a one day obedience seminar with DEB GIRVIN, dedicated
to readiness in the Novice obedience ring.  Super for those wishing to prepare their team
for the CD title as well as a refresher for those  seasoned competitors who
want to refresh, renew and be able to relax in the ring, knowing that their dogs are really

The cost of the seminar is $25 for 2012 SAWHDA members and $35 for non-members.
Lunch is provided.  The seminar runs from 9:30 to 4:00 p.m. 

Dogs must be crated when not working. 

     Please read Deb's biography below.

Check your calendars and mark November 24th as the day to be at the Cowley Hall. 
We invite you to take part in a one day obedience seminar with DEB GIRVIN, dedicated
to readiness in the Novice obedience ring.  Super for those wishing to prepare their team
for the CD title as well as a refresher for those  seasoned competitors who
want to refresh, renew and be able to relax in the ring, knowing that their dogs are really

The cost of the seminar is $25 for 2012 SAWHDA members and $35 for non-members.
Lunch is provided.

Dogs must be crated when not working. 

                                                       Please read Deb's biography below.

Deb (Girvin) is owned by three golden retrievers, ‘Bailiff’ OTCH CH, RE (Caro), ‘Beamer’ CH CDX and ‘Trip’.  She lives in Cranbrook BC and discovered her love for competition obedience when Bailiff came into her life almost 12 years ago.  She lived in the Cariboo at the time and was fortunate to have two experienced people in the local kennel club that took her under their wing. Her dogs are all owner/trained/handled.  Bailiff was finished in the breed ring and an OTCH by the age of 3.   Bailiff retired one leg short of his OTCHX. 

Although Deb has never had the luxury of having a ‘trainer’, she have been fortunate to have excellent mentors, all of whom have shown their dogs through GMOTCH.  She has also had working spots in numerous seminars:

  • Ian Dunbar – ( participated in an APDT Conference and attended many workshops, including Ian Dunbar’s
  • Brenda Aloff – Dealing with Aggressive Dogs
  • Sandra Ladwig – (from Missouri) – seminar at TNT Kennels Abbotsford
  • Bridget Carlsen (
  • Lorraine Perron – CKC Rally Judge
  • Marie Sawford – CKC Rally Judge/Author
  • Donna Brinkworth – Urban Tracking (
  • Shannon Sheer (handling)
  • Janice Gunn Deb is fortunate to hold a working spot in Janice’s annual obedience camp in Abbotsford.  Beamer and she were also chosen for a segment in Janice’s most recent DVD - “Problem Solving”)
  • She has  also had private lessons with Janice Gunn, Cathy Stoner and Ward Falkner

  We are so happy to be able to offer this seminar!!!

Email for the outline for the day.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hi, gang,
 Just wanted to share some information gained from the Canadian Veterinary Assoc. on harm that
can happen to dogs fed beef jerky and other treats made in China.

Form your own opinions.

The Prez.

Dear Doctor,

Earlier this week, the Canadian Veterinary Medicine Association (CVMA) sent an e-mail blast to all veterinarians across Canada in regards to a CBC Marketplace episode airing tonight Friday, September 28, at 8 p.m. (E.T.). The episode called "Fighting for Fido" discusses the apparent association between feeding "jerky treats" imported from China and illness in dogs. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association was contacted by CBC Marketplace on this issue and Dr. Jim Fairles, CVMA President, was interviewed.

Once this broadcast airs nationally, veterinarians may receive inquiries from their clients, and possibly receive media calls. To aid in questions that may be asked, the CVMA has prepared the speaking notes below. The information below gives a background of the issue as well as the CVMAÕs involvement.

Please note, a French version of the notes will be available on Monday, October 1, 2012

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
Information Regarding Jerky Treat Issue (September 28, 2012)

  • Since 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has become aware of increasing numbers of illnesses in pets associated with the consumption of jerky pet treats. The majority of complaints involve chicken jerky (treats, tenders, and strips), but others include duck, sweet potato, and treats where chicken or duck jerky is wrapped around dried fruits, sweet potatoes, or yams.

  • The FDA has received approximately 2,200 reports of pet illnesses which may be related to consumption of the jerky treats. The majority of the complaints involve dogs, but cats also have been affected. Over the past 18 months the reports have contained information on 360 canine deaths and one feline death. There does not appear to be a geographic pattern to the case reports. Cases have been reported from all 50 states and 6 Canadian provinces in the past 18 months.

  • Although the FDA has been actively investigating the reports of illnesses, no definitive cause has been determined. The ongoing global investigation is complex, multifaceted and includes a wide variety of experts at the FDA including toxicologists, epidemiologists, veterinary researchers, forensic chemists, microbiologists, field investigators and senior agency officials.

  • The majority of the cases in dogs report primarily gastrointestinal signs, including vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes with blood and/or mucus, and can involve severe signs such as pancreatitis or gastrointestinal bleeding. The next most common signs relate to kidney function, including frequent urination, increased urine, severe thirst, kidney failure and some cases resemble a rare kidney related illness called FanconiÕs syndrome.

  • In June 2011, the Canadian Veterinary Medicine Association (CVMA) notified CVMA members by email that several veterinarians in Canada had reported cases of dogs with Fanconi-like symptoms that could be associated with the consumption of chicken jerky treats manufactured in China.

  • The CVMA also notified the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA), which transmitted the advisory to US veterinarians. At the time of the notification (June 17, 2011), AVMA had not received any reports from its members.
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  • To help us learn if there were similar cases in other areas of the country, CVMA asked veterinarians to report similar cases that they may have recently encountered involving jerky treats. (As of Aug. 31/2012, 50 incidents have been reported to the CVMA.)

  • CVMA has since been keeping a registry of reported cases in the event that this information would assist with current or future investigations. CVMA continues to monitor the situation and to communicate updated information to veterinarians so that they may warn and inform their clients.

  • The CVMA has been in communication with the Canadian Food Inspection agency (CFIA) and will continue to work with the CFIA (and FDA) on this matter as it is an ongoing concern. 

  • In Canada, pet foods are not a regulated commodity (unlike in the US through FDA). The CFIA does not have the regulatory mandate or resources to test pet foods. Nutritional content and safety of pet foods and treats is the responsibility of the manufacturer. Without a conclusive link to toxicity, CFIA will not cancel import permits for these treats

  • On Friday, September 28, at 8 p.m. (E.T.), CBCÕs Marketplace will air an episode called ÒFighting for Fido.Ó The episode will discuss the apparent association between feeding Òjerky treatsÓ imported from China and illness in dogs. This national broadcast may generate inquiries from pet owners about the issue.

For updated information on the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA investigation :

For more information on CVMA programs and initiatives, visit or contact us at
This information is being distributed by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association for the benefit of all veterinarians in Canada.

Monday, September 17, 2012


Heritage Acres Fall Fair

Members of the Southern Alberta Working/Herding Dog Association travelled to Pincher Creek, Alberta, to provide some Canine Entertainment for the first ever Heritage Acres Farm Museum Fall Fair.

We had such fun.  Over 14 dogs were on hand for the performance, which included barrel racing, agility, and square dancing........yes, square dancing.  In between times, three of the dogs took advantage of the wide open spaces offered at Heritage to do some Draft work.  

Fall Fair organizer Deb Berg, had this to say about our efforts.

"Oh my gosh Judi.  People were SO excited about the dogs yesterday at our
Heritage Acres Fall Fair!  I was so happy to meet you and so sorry I
didn't get back.  We were so busy with the bench show and then the lunch
in Summerview Hall.  I was wearing a couple of hats yesterday and just
was busy, busy, busy.  All the buzz I heard was that people loved the
dogs being there and we couldn't be happier.  I don't know how we can
thank you enough.  Would love to hear feedback from your group.  Did you
like the event?  Was the space okay?  What else could we have done for
you?  I'm very happy we connected and we are very pleased to have had
you be a part of our first ever Fall Fair.  It wasn't as big as we'd
like but it will grow and your group certainly helped us make it the
success that it was this first year.  Thanks again. "

I think we can safely say that we were enjoyed by all who saw us.

"Today, I was in Walmart and a fellow stopped me and told me how much he enjoyed what
our group did and hoped we'd be back next year."

The best part about all this is that we do this for the fun of it, not for competition or prizes.
We all cheer each other on and enjoy every minute of what each dog does.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to come out and share their dogs and their time.   What a great Public Relations

Our wonderful info booth.

                               Barrel Racing .... check out the style!

Next is the High River Parade of Lights..... 

CSI BC...........

Our agent and her trusty Doberman have gone 'underground' in their search for 'missing' slow children.

Slow kiddies I do not see
They just are not where they are s'posed to be
Oops we see an abandoned trike
Where on earth is the little tike
That belongs to the bike
A bear in the area.....YIKE!

They have vanished somewhere, there's no doubt.
Go Denise and Viper and check this out!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New Draft Titles! And More.

What a fabulous weekend for Nicole and Sophie and Kim and Bosley at the Regina Draft Dog Tests last weekend.

Both teams passed their requirements... Nicole and Sophie ending with the DD title that gave them the right to earn the Bernese Mt. Dog Versatility award; and Kim and Bosley doing a wonderful job of nailing the requirements for the DDX, which is a much coveted title.

The Wascana club outdid themselves in providing a well-organized event at a fabulous venue with great volunteers and fabulous, and we do mean fabulous food.  Try pulled pork and chicken with rice, three kinds of salads, buns,  and mouth-watering deserts like cupcakes and hot apple crisp. YUM.

The contestants were the absolute best, giving the course their all every day.  And every dog had moments of brilliance to be celebrated around the supper circle each day.  what a pleasure to see so many breeds participating. Just super.
I cannot say enough about the weekend.

If you have a draft dog and want to put a title on it, think about Regina.  It's well worth the drive.

New DD
Sophie with Nicole  
                                                                    New DDX
                                                                   Bosley and Kim
  And NEWS FLASH..... Bosley now has his ATCHC!!! There's not stopping this boy.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Upcoming Events

When: Holiday Monday, September 3rd
Where: Lethbridge- Henderson Lake near the Nikko Yukko Gardens. Parking lot on Mayor Magrath. (THIS IS A VERY PUBLIC PARK)
What: Obedience Free-For-All, Run Thru's, Rally Fun Match, Scenthurdle!

Details: Start time at 12:00

  • there will be an obedience ring set up
  • open obedience equipment will be available
  • train what you want
  • run thru's available for those that are ready

  • two courses- Advanced/Excellent
  • food/toys encouraged

Scenthurdle (approx start time 2:00ish)
  • two lanes of racing
  • all teams are welcome
  • bring your own box/dummies- jumps are supplied
  • training runs for those that need
  • full runs for those that are ready

I expect this to be a fun filled afternoon. Everyone is welcome. Lots of distractions, lots of fun! Please RSVP so I have an idea of numbers (for the special surprise). Email 

There is NO CHARGE to play- but a donation to Windy City Rescue would be greatly appreciated!!! I will have a donation box there. Even a TWOONIE can add up! 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

To the Pets

Thanks to Shirley for providing us with this very humorous but truer than one might think look at pets.

PETS .....

The following was found posted very low on a refrigerator door.

Dear Dogs and Cats:
  The dishes on the floor with the paw prints are yours and contain your food.  The other dishes are mine and contain my food.  Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate does not mean that is suddenly your food, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack.  Racing me to the top of the stairs is not the object.  Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed.  I am very sorry about this.  Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort.  Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep.  It Is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible.  I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximize space that you are taking up, is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom! If, by some miracle, I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge in an attempt to open the door.  I must exit through the same door I entered.  Also, I have been using the bathroom for years - canine/feline attendance is not required.

The proper order for kissing is:  Kiss me first and 
then go smell the other dog or cat's butt.  I cannot stress this enough.

Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door:


(1)  They live don't.  

(2)  If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture.
That's why they call it “fur”-niture.  
(3) I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.  

Monday, August 20, 2012


                         Our AKC pictures, both candid, and contrived.  Pretty proud of the 'little club that can'                     and does.

Breaking News from Castlegar Dog Show !!!!  Sylvia and her poodle, Julie,  traveled to Castlegar last weekend to the EKKC Rally Trial.  Julie got 2 Q’s towards her Rally Excellent Title , both High in Class. Super job, Sylvia!!!! 

           Good luck to everyone attending the Cranbrook show this coming weekend.
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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Edmonchuk results

Nicole reports that Bailey got a Q in Rally Excellent with 84 and Sophie Q'd in both Rally Advanced and Excellent with 93 and 91.  Rock on, girls.

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AKC Results

Finally, I have time to post some results from the AKC dog show in Calgary.

Performance events saw Bess, Lee Hargreave's golden retriever qualify 6 times, with five High in Class and one Perfect Score of 100; Sharlet's shepherd, Ryder picking up another pair of Q's for his RAE VI,
Deb's shiba inu, Foxx, going 4/4 for her new Rally Novice title, with a second, a third, and two fourth places, Denise's Doberman, Jagged,  taking High Score in Rally at the Dobe Nationals, and a High in Class score in Open A obedience; Judi's shiba inu, Castle, getting his first Q in Rally Excellent, and Darryl's Drummer Boy, sheltie, obtaining his new Companion Dog title with three High Score in Class placements; Sylvia's standard poodle, Julie, getting her Rally Advanced A title with four High Scores in Class.  

In the conformation ring, Mary Ellen's German shorthair pointer bitch, Tessa won an award of Merit!  What a girl!  

Nicole's Bernese Mt. Dogs qualified in both Rally and Obedience!

And in Ontario at the Herding dog trials, Lore and Remmie, and Lore and Ginger  qualified for their Herding Tested titles 4/4 and Daisy May got a leg towards her Herding Started title.  Both Ginger and Remmie got two legs towards their Rally Novice titles as well.  

And, the little club that could, just did, at both ends of the country.  Way to be, SAWHDA!!!!

Do not forget the Pincher Creek and District Fair and Rodeo Parade on August 18th!  
Western theme always!!!  

And good luck to all our members attending the Castlegar and Cranbrook Dog shows!!!

News flash!!!!! Nicole and Sophie just qualified in Open A!!!! 

And Laurie and Trevor get their new Lab puppy, Pippin, tomorrow!


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Monday, July 30, 2012

Recent retriever successes

Judy Hunt's lovely flatboat retriever, Roxy  was successful in completing her WC (working certificate) last weekend. She had to retrieve two ducks on land and two on water and did this successfully....yay Roxy!!!!  It is so nice to hear this kind of news as it proves that the dog can do what it was bred to do.  Wonderful.

And Judy's other flatboat, Kona, now has her SHDCh. title as well.

Sarah's wonderful flatboat, Kaleb, won first place in the Veteran's conformation at the specialty.  At 10 1/2 he is still handsome and fit!  And rarin' to go all the time.
To see his picture and his awesome list of credentials, go to  photo.php

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